Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bronson Arroyo era likely over in Cincinnati

We have likely seen the last of Bronson Arroyo in a Reds uniform.

It was a longshot from the beginning, but it appears as though Arroyo has accepted the fact that the Reds aren't financially able to give him what he wants.

From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

“I have no preference on where I want to pitch but I’ll certainly consider the team, their chances of winning, and all of that,” he said. “I feel I can pitch effectively at 37, 38, and 39 years old. I’ve never missed a start. Never been injured. I’m not a max-effort guy out there, so there’s no big-time wear and tear on me. I loved Cincinnati but I don’t think they’re in position to give me what I want.'

Arroyo is reportedly seeking a three-year deal and Cincinnati is both unwilling and financially unable to meet those demands.

Cafardo suggests the Blue Jays, Orioles, Brewers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Cardinals, and Dodgers as potential landing spots for Arroyo.

If Arroyo has indeed thrown his last pitch as a member of the Reds, his tenure with the team will still go down as a successful one. Acquired by the Reds in March 2006 for outfielder Wily Mo Pena, Arroyo quickly became a workhorse in Cincinnati's rotation, recording at least 32 starts in all eight seasons.

Overall, Arroyo posted a 105-94 record, 4.05 ERA, and 1.268 WHIP in 265 career starts for the Redlegs. In addition to his stint in the Queen City, Arroyo has never missed a start in his professional career, which may be the most impressive stat of them all.

His ability to take the ball every five days, eat innings, and provide leadership to the younger pitchers will be sorely missed come 2014.

The silver lining in Arroyo's departure is the fact that the Reds will free up considerable salary. The Florida native has consistently been one of the highest paid players on the roster, earning over $16 million this year, and $12 million in 2012, for example.

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